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Tuesday 19th June art session is ‘Landscapes’ - think wide open spaces, preferably in Devon.  John will show some images taken around Burrator, but as always you are also welcome to bring your own.  Two weeks later is the end of year ‘Artists Challenge’ with the Royal William Yard as the subject. Please bring your own source material, and a small prize will be given for the ‘best –in-show’.

Here is an updated version of the Summer Programme.   At 18:45 on Tuesday 15 May, we are now asking you to bring along any picture you would like to be considered for the 2018 Exhibition Poster.

Advance Notice: At the committee meeting on Tuesday it was decided to change the rules regarding the end of year competition for the Claude Kitto award. As you know this is given each year for the most imaginative and creative portfolio on display.  As we had so many entries last year the rules have been tightened up as follows: 
  • Only half a table per person
  • Only unframed pictures can be entered
  • Only work produced during the year, and at our meetings to be included.


The summer term programme is now available.  Check out what we have coming up here.

Tuesday 13 February Mike Battley will be doing a line and wash workshop.   This is the photo of Charles Cross he will be working from. 
You will need to bring some indian ink and a pen, and you can see that you won't need many colours - perhaps bring some white gouache for highlights at the end. 

Saturday 03 February, its our one day demo/workshop with Michael Hill at Ashtorre Rock. Mike is a superb water-colourists and an excellent teacher, many of us started painting at one of his classes years ago. The demo starts at 10:30 until lunchtime, then in the afternoon he will be be on hand to offer guidance as we work on our own paintings. He usually provides a handful of snapshots to work from, but do bring some of your own as well. Tea and coffee are freely available at Ashtorre but best to bring a packed lunch.
For those who don’t know Ashtorre its very easy to find. Cross the Tamar Bridge, then bear left into Saltash and take the first left down a very steep hill to the Waterfront. This will bring you out into Old Ferry Road with a free car park opposite. The Ashtorre Centre is to the right just by the Old Ferry Slipway. (Pl12 4GT for your satnav).
We look forward to seeing as many as possible at the two special events, and for those without transport please get in touch with John Washbrook and he will arrange a lift.

The Spring Programme is now available online here.
  There are plenty of demonstrations and workshop that we hope you will find interesting.  Tuesday 12th December is the club's critique and social evening.  We hope to see you there with your portfolios.  During the evening you will have the chance to see what other members have been creating this year. 

Just a reminder that on the 12 December we have our ‘End of Year Extravaganza’.  For the benefit of new members please bring along your portfolio of any work produced during the year, in the form of sketchbooks, charcoal drawings, paintings, framed pictures etc, in fact anything.  There will be some drinks, non alcoholic of course, and nibbles provided, and if you would like to bring along something extra to share around this will also be appreciated.  There will be an ‘Arty Quiz’ this year set by Phil, who won last year, and a small present for the winner.  At the end of the evening votes will be counted and the coveted Claude Kitto Trophy will be given for the most Imaginative and Creative portfolio in the show.  We hope to see as many as possible along to show your work and celebrate yet another successful year for the Plymouth Arts Club.

We hope you have enjoyed a productive summer, making the most of sunny days and avoiding the showers.  Just a reminder that our sessions recommence on Tuesday the 19th September 7pm with "Portraiture".  Just a reminder that 'Handing in  Day' for the Exhibition is Monday the 25th September from 9.30 to 12.00 at the exhibition venue, The Column Bakehouse Cafe, Ocean Studios, Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth.

The clubs Autumn Exhibition will take place at the Column Bakehouse Café, Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard from Tuesday 26th September to Sunday 22nd October 2017.  To get more details and to download the submission form please click here.  

On Tuesday 11th July we have the last art session of the summer term where we will be creating our conceptions of Plymouth City Centre.  Please bring along any photos you want to use and whatever medium you wish to create your artwork with.  The autumn art programme is now available here.

The club's exhibition this year is going to be from 26th September to 22nd October (hand-in and private view on 25th Sept) in the Column Bakehouse Café at Ocean Studios in the Royal William Yard which opens in July - which means that you have plenty of time to knock out a few masterpieces!  
In the meantime, if you would like to see a piece of your work featured on the club's exhibition poster, please bring it along to the 'Still Life - Country Kitchen' session on the 13th June where all submissions can be assessed for impact and selection made.

The summer art programme starts on 18th April and can now be seen online here.
On Tuesday 28th February we have Tina Tian's Chinese brush painting workshop.  The material list for the workshop is as follows: old newspaper, watercolour paints and brush, white gouache, palette and an old plate for the ink.  Tina will bring rice paper and Chinese ink to share.

We would like to wish our members a Happy New Year.  May the year be one filled with inspiration and creativity.  We recommence on Tuesday 10th January with "Portraiture".  See you all on Tuesday.

Our Spring programme is now visible online here and starts on 10th January 2017.  We hope to see all our members there in the New Year.

On Tuesday 15th November we have a DVD demo / workshop. Click here to see a trailer from John Hoar's ‘Simplifying Line Wash and Watercolour’ DVD that will be shown on Tuesday. This will give you an idea of what to bring to the session. You will also need your own photo / idea sketch to work from.

Just a reminder that our A.G.M. is on Tuesday 1st November at 7 pm.  We hope to see you there and encourage input from our members on all aspects of the club.

On Tuesday 18th October we have a demo/workshop with Wendy Parkyn.  Wendy Parkyn is one of the foremost painters of watercolour seascapes in the country.  She will give us a one hour demonstration of her watercolour techniques depicting " The Sea in all its Various Moods", which is the title of her workshop.  After a short coffee break we will then have the opportunity to have a go ourselves with Wendy giving advice and guidance.  She will have loads of photos to work from, although you are welcome to bring your own.  In the short time of the practical session we should think more in terms of just trying out her ideas, rather than creating a masterpiece!  We are expecting a good turnout for this workshop so please get there early.


The DVD evening on Tuesday 4th October will feature Shirley Trevena's DVD 'Breaking the Rules of Watercolour'.  Mike will play about 15 - 20 minutes of the DVD then we will have a go at painting like Shirley! You will need to bring your own favourite items of bric-a-brac to include in your paintings - please see a trailer of the DVD via the link below to give you an idea of what we will be doing: http://www.townhousefilms.co.uk/breaking-the-rules-of-watercolour-with-shirley-trevena

Once again Autumn is upon us, we hope you have had a relaxing, sunny and inspiring Summer.  Our Autumn Term commences on Tuesday 20th September at 7.pm. where the subject will be portraiture.  We look forward to a successful term.

Plymouth Arts Club is calling for entries for its forthcoming summer exhibition which will be in the Plymstock Library for 3 days from Thursday 21st July to Saturday 23rd July. Calling notice (click here) includes all of the information that you need to enter your paintings into the exhibition. Please ensure that framing is of a good standard as this does reflect on the club.

Next Tuesday (5th July) is the last session of the summer term and is an artist's challenge evening.  Members will have 2 hours to produce their own conception of Plymouth Hoe.  Also the dates for next term which starts on 20th September are now up.  See them here.

Just a quick reminder that Tuesday 26th April we will play about 10 minutes of Shirley Trevenna's video and then paint from a small range of items on the still life table.  Please feel free to bring items to add to the table.  The Art Exhibition is now due to be held in June, dates as soon as they are available, so you have a little breathing space to assemble your work.

Hope everyone had a good Easter despite the changeable weather. We resume our sessions on Tuesday the 12th April with Portraiture, Evelyn will be providing the model.
Don't forget we are hoping to have an exhibition in May, (date soon as we have it). Please get painting so we have a wide range of subjects and mediums to display our various talents.

The new Summer programme starts on Tuesday 12th April and can be seen here.

A Happy Healthy New Year to you all. Just a gentle reminder that our Spring Term starts on Tues 12th January and a model ( Amanda) will be provided for close-up and full length portraiture. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

The new Spring programme is now available hereMerry Christmas, see you in the new year!

Just a reminder about Tuesday 24th November at the Swarthmore, when we have Louise Courtnell providing a demo/workshop 'Understanding Tone & Colour'.  Louise was taught by the late Robert Lenkievicz and is a very proficient artist and teacher so we have an opportunity to learn a great deal.  Please aim to get to the Swarthmore by 18:45 so that Louise is not delayed in starting, and bring acrylic paints and a board that has been prepared with black paint as a ground.

Next week is the ‘Greek Odyssey’ evening when our focus will be on painting Greece.  I shall be providing some images but feel free to bring your own favourite photos if you prefer.  If you would would like to try a collage Mike will be on hand to provide guidance and there will be a supply of Greek newsprint, glue and other textured materials available. 
For the benefit of those who were not present at the AGM on Tuesday, John Washbrook stood down as Chairman having completed his three years, but was very pleased to hand over the reins to Madeleine Sampson who was unanimously elected as your new Chairperson.

Just a reminder that on 19th October we have Ian Barlow to tutor our life drawing group.   Ian will pose the model for 4 different poses of 5/10 minutes each and then one long pose after the break when he will be on hand to provide assistance and advice as required.
The following week its our AGM and we hope that all members will attend as we appreciate your ideas and help with running the club. There will be some light refreshments available, and we shall be electing some new committee members.


The ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ is upon us again.  The trees are starting to turn, and we shall be painting Autumn scenes today. An image will be projected to work from, photographs will be available, or of course, you can bring your own source material.
Autumn also means that subscriptions are now due. It’s still only £15 which can be paid to Phil when you sign in, or sent to John Washbrook by cheque made out to ‘Plymouth Arts Club’. Many thanks to the members who have already paid.

We are kicking off the new season with a light hearted evening called ‘Iconic Plymouth’ on 21st April, so you may want to start looking around for your source material, sketches, photos, postcards etc. now.  On the evening we shall all be painting the picture that sums us ‘Plymouth’ for us, and at the end we shall have a vote and a very small prize for the winner.  We look forward to seeing you there.

The summer programme which begins on 21st April is now available.  Click here to see programme.

Our next exhibition is rapidly approaching and the club is in need of a picture to use on the exhibition poster. So, if you have something you think might be suitable please bring it along to the next session, on Tuesday 27th January, at 6:45pm and we will photograph it before the workshop starts. The exhibition sub committee will then decide which picture to use.  The picture chosen can be any subject/medium you like but obviously it will need to be entered and on sale in the exhibition.


On 27th January is our mixed-media and collage workshop. We will be trying to create a view of Southside St. using this photograph by Mike Battley along with Mike Bernard's mixed-media picture of the Kings Arms for inspiration!  If you wish you can bring your own photo to work from.  
You will need to bring along:
  • Piece of card/mountboard for support (this needs to be sealed with a coat of PVA or acrylic medium)
  • Scissors
  • PVA Glue
  • Hair drier
  • Paint / ink
  • Brushes (including one for glue)
  • Water-spray bottle
  • Magazine/newspaper
Items in bold are crucial, however, Mike will bring along glue/water-spray bottles/newspaper.

Well, we have to say that was a great evening on Tuesday with our  model ‘Sir Frances Drake’ and we were just amazed to see so many excellent  interpretations.  Many thanks to Evelyn for finding ‘Brian’ and bringing him along.
There has been a slight change to the programme in that Ian Barlow will be coming to tutor a life drawing session on the 3rd February and not the 24th as previously shown. This will be with Elsie modelling and Ian will arranging some different poses of about 10 minutes each, followed by one long pose after the break.

We hope you all had a good break and just a reminder that the new term starts tomorrow, Tuesday 13th January, 7:00pm at Swarthmore.  We are kicking off with a portraiture session and a new model in Elizabethan dress who Evelyn will be bringing along.  This should be interesting, and challenging!

Its the annual social evening this Tuesday 9th December 1900 – 2100.  The basic idea is to bring along a selection of your best work, to show and discuss with your friends. Later in the evening the Claude Kitto trophy will be awarded for the best portfolio showing imagination and creativity.  Finally there will be an "Arty Quiz" prepared by Evelyn with a small prize.
There will be light refreshments available, and if anyone wishes to, and its in no way expected, they are welcome to bring a little extra food to share.  We look forward to seeing you all there then, with some of your work on Tuesday at 7:00pm.

After further thoughts and discussions about ‘Portfolios’ it has been decided not to limit the time frame of work that can be included.  This means that your portfolios and any work you wish to display on the social night (9th Decemeber) doesn’t have to be produced during the past year.   Your portfolio can include any subject, any medium, produced in or out of club nights.  The only rule is you can’t win The Claude Kitto Trophy more than once in three years.
On 25th November Val will be leading our Autumn Workshop. Its a stunning autumn this year so you may want to get out there and capture a few images yourself.  John will be bringing along leaves and glue, and some autumn photos of course, but, there’s nothing like working from your own sources.  We are sure it will be a very inspiring and creative session.

For the watercolour demo/workshop on 11th November David Norman will be doing a street scene which will include people, cars, perspective etc. His main colours will be yellow ochre, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, amongst others.
Just a reminder that next Tuesday, 16th September, is the first club night of the Autumn Term and we shall be kicking off with a Portraiture session and a new model who Evelyn is bringing along.   Apart from our very popular portrait and life drawing sessions some of the highlights of the term will be the David Norman Masterclass on the 11th November and Val’s Autumn Workshop on the 25th.  On 9th December it is our 'social night' where we ask you to bring along your portfolio, grab a table and set up your own ‘mini- exhibition’.  Anything can be entered, framed or unframed, work done during club sessions and work produced at home, nudes, landscapes, abstracts, whatever!  At the end of the evening the club’s Claude Kitto Trophy will be awarded, together with a small cash prize,  for the most creative and imaginative portfolio on view that night.  Finally, our membership year ends on the 1st October. We have kept the subscription the same at £15 for another year and this can be paid on club nights.

Please see below the colours that John Christian will be using in the demo workshop on 17th June (all are Winsor & Newton)
  • Raw Sienna
  • Paynes Grey
  • Burnt Umber
  • French Ultramarine                                 
  • Light Red
  • Winsor Blue (red shade)
  • New Gamboge
  • Burnt Sienna

Evelyn Whyat has very kindly agreed to give us a workshop on the 20th May and her subject will be ‘Revisiting Paintings’.  Lets face it we all have a drawer full of pictures that didn’t quite make it and Evelyn will show us the techniques she uses to change and enhance them, so that they go on to become satisfying, and often saleable, artworks.  Please therefore bring along some of your rejects and if you have them some acrylic paints in addition to your normal kit.

The exhibition date is creeping up and we are starting to think about the Poster. If you would like one of your your pictures to be used then please bring it along to the meeting on the 11th March where it will be photographed and one picture will subsequently be selected for use on the Poster and in the Press advertising.
As you will have noticed the studio is getting pretty full these days especially for Life Drawing sessions when we are averaging over 20 members. Its wonderful to see all the easels in use and to feel a real buzz in the studio, however we we are now working at capacity and for that reason we are closing the membership for a while. If you have anyone who has the basic skills and would like to join the club then please ask them to email their details to the club secretary Mike Battley who will put them on the waiting list: mbattley@talktalk.net
Here are a few Health & Safety issues we need to draw your attention to. Firstly when you arrive its is essential that you sign in with whoever is taking the money, usually Phil these days. Secondly if there is a fire you will hear a loud bell ringing continuously in which case leave immediately via the fire door which is in the far corner of the room and assemble outside the building near the back entrance. We also need to say there is first aid box on top of the cupboard and also there are always first aiders in the building who can be contacted through reception. We have had a ‘risk assessment’ done and the main things were to be careful when raising/lowering the easels, watch out for cables on the floor, and that all Fixative Sprays are banned as they are liable to cause an asthma attacks for some members.
Finally, we look forward to seeing as many as possible on Tuesday for the Richard Sunderland workshop. Richard is a professional art teacher and has produced some very interesting work using a pen and watercolour technique that he will be sharing with us.

Just a note to say it was great session of Life Drawing last Tuesday, and particularly nice to see all the easels in use.  It was in fact our largest turnout ever with 22 members present, yet it didn’t feel cramped and it was good to see people moving around the studio and working from different perspectives.
It may seem a long way ahead but just a reminder that the Easter Exhibition is creeping up on us. In a few weeks time we shall be asking members to bring along any pictures they would like to have considered for the poster.
In the meantime this week its a ‘winter’ workshop with Val leading the group. John shall be projecting a few wintry shots but if you prefer to work on your own ideas then please do so.

Thanks to all those who attended our social evening on Tuesday  and made it such an enjoyable occasion. It was very interesting to browse through the portfolios and sketch books and see such a range of styles and mediums including some wonderful ceramics.   For the benefit of those not present Evelyn Whyte was the winner of Mike’s excellent quiz, and Monica Elliott was the first winner of the new ‘Claude Kitto Trophy’.
We have now seem to have established a pattern of a social evening on the last Tuesday of the autumn term comprising an ‘Arty Quiz’ followed by the presentation of the Claude Kitto award and a small monetary prize (for the purchase of art materials of course!)
This year we allowed any work, but next time it will be just work produced during the year, either in or outside of the club. We know its a long way ahead but please thinking about building up those portfolios throughout the year. 
So, we look forward to seeing you all next term, which starts on the 7th January with a Portraiture session.

As many of you know we now have some funds for Art Prizes and we will be handing out the first one at our forthcoming 'Critique' session.  The new Claude Kitto Trophy will be awarded for the best portfolio shown on the 10th December, together with a small monetary prize of £20.

Just bring along all your work and set up your 'stall' of framed or unframed work in any medium including pictures produced in and outside of the studio/club nights. We will ask the group to choose the best one with reference to the definition of the award which is for 'Imagination and Creativity'.

Details about the Summer Exhibition at Trerise gallery can now been found in the exhibition section of the website. 


ke a look at these DVD's to get a feel of what Tuesday 23rd April's session will be about -


On Tuesday 12th February is our 'French theme' mixed-media & collage evening.  The article from the Artist & Illustrators website ref mixed-media by Mike Bernard is a very helpful guide into this kind of work, as it shows you the steps involved from beginning to end.  Mike Battley will supply  some French newspaper pages, etc.

You will need to bring:

  • Piece of card/mount board for support
  • Scissors
  • PVA Glue
  • Hair drier
  • Paint / ink

For the Watercolour demo workshop on 29th January, Anthea will be bring some spring daffodils, and will be using the following colours: Cobalt blue, Gamboge (Hue) Rose Madder (Hue), Permanent Mauve. Schminke Olive green.
She will also do brief demos of individual flowers wet-in-wet, and show some unusual ways of painting flowers. You can if you want bring flowers of your own which are not daffodils, however it is advised they should not be too complicated or large. If other colours are needed, you will need to try to get the nearest colour to the flowers you are painting. Purity of colour with minimum mixing is important.
Brushes are important and Anthea shall be using a squirrel brush and a sable no 6, and for the washes, a hake brush. Anything soft and waterholding, but with a little spring in it.
Bockingford watercolour paper is fine,140 lb, and attached lightly on the corners with masking tape only, not stretched.

New Plymouth Arts Club programme from 8th January - 26th March 2013 now available.

Just a note to remind you that the exhibition handing-in day is just one a week ahead.  We have given this exhibition loads of publicity, and Mike’s mixed-media collage on the poster has attracted plenty of attention, so we look forward to a good exhibition both in terms of entries and sales.  Some of the early programmes had an error in the Handing-in time, so please note handing-in is 1300 – 1500 on Friday 30 November.  We look forward to seeing you all there with lots of stunning pictures.


Just a reminder that subscriptions (£15) are now due and John Washbrook
(Treasurer) shall be pleased to receive them on club nights.  Please make cheques out to ‘Plymouth Arts Club’.  Calling notice for the Plymouth Arts Club exhibition is now available here.

Just a reminder that on Tuesday we have a ‘still life’ session. Please bring along your ‘object d’art’ or indeed anything that you think might make a good picture to add to the still life table.

Please see new Swarthmore programme which starts on 18th September and follows the current programme which ends on 17th July. The 'call for entries' form for this year's winter exhibition - which is to be held at the Artframe Solution gallery in Cattedown – will be sent out later, about a month before the exhibition hand-in date. If you haven't yet visited this gallery, it is in the same building (on the 1st floor) as Plymouth Auction Rooms, which is opposite the GO Outdoors Store (old MFI Store) at Faraday Mill. As well as a gallery there is a professional picture framing facility that offers PAC members a 20% discount. Please check out the galleries website if you can, this provides more details about the business and includes a map to help you locate it. www.artframesolution.co.uk

Plymouth Arts Club programme from 1st May – 17th July 2012 is now available.  This programme contains a variety of events that we hope all members will enjoy.
The Spring exhibition calling notice contains all the information that you need to take part in this year’s Spring exhibition which is in a new venue for the club - the ReLegacy gallery in New Street on the Barbican.  We are hoping to do well in an area that is popular with visitors to Plymouth.  Please take note of the maximum size of pictures in the enclosed notes, also the advice on picture framers that offer our club members a discount on framing. 

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting or at the exhibition hand-in.


The Tellus group have offered us the chance to display some of our work in the foyer at Swarthmore in the form of a rolling exhibition. This would be to showcase our work and perhaps sell a few pictures.
To submit a painting please hand it in to the reception desk wrapped and marked for the attention of Mr Neil Pick. Tellus will make the selection and will provide the hanging system.
Paintings can be of any subject but in order to fit with the decor they will need to be professionally framed in a contemporary style. Each painting should bear a card with the artists name, contact details and the price.
This is an excellent offer and we do hope some of our members will want to take it up.

Plymouth Art Club's programme is now on-line and start on 10th January 2012. You will see that it is mainly Tuesday evening sessions at Swarthmore with a couple of Saturday events in the Artframe Studio at Cattedown, and provides a variety of events.  This programme takes us up to the Spring exhibition (hand-in Friday 20th April) which will be held over 9 days - 21st to 29th April - in the Re Legacy gallery in New Street on the Barbican. The gallery owner is fond of 'contemporary' works so feel free to have a go at something different if this is not your usual style.
Also, something else different for the club this time, we are going to give support to St. Lukes with 5% of the commission and hope to get the exhibition opened by someone from St Lukes to help with promotion of the event.

Next Tuesday's session is Still-life. John shall be bringing along a fruit bowl with pineapple, grapes, etc, plus some house plants. Anything you think would make a good picture will be welcome and we can spread it around so everyone is working fairly close to a subject.
The following week 13th December is our last night of the term and we shall be having our usual crit/social evening. Please bring along your portfolios for everyone to have a look at and maybe offer some constructive feedback. There will also be a short quiz with a 'prize, drinks and nibbles, and its all free!
Next term’s programme is almost complete and will be mailed to you within the week.  Oh, and finally in case you haven’t paid yet just a reminder that 2012 is membership is now due and you cheque (£15 - made out to Plymouth Arts Club ) will be gratefully received. 

Just a reminder that next Tuesday is the club’s AGM.  We hope members will come along to give us their views on how the the club is being run.  There will be some drinks and nibbles available afterwards.  We look forward to seeing as many as possible at the meeting.

Last Tuesday we had a Michael Hill workshop.  Once again Mike made it all look so easy as he produced a lovely picture of Wembury Beach from a photo taken from the sea looking back towards the church.  This was very appropriate after our last workshop, wonderful reflections from the sand. Again it was interesting to see how everyone interpreted it so differently, and there were some super pictures. 
Don’t forget its handing-in day for the exhibition in just under 2 weeks, and the opening reception is on the same evening 28th October.  There will be drinks and nibbles, so please make sure you get along, and bring your family and friends. The Artframe Studio promises to be an ideal venue with a good footfall so a real chance to sell some of your work. Not that sales are the only reason we have the exhibition, its also a showcase for our club, and a chance to see our pictures in context with other members work. 
One final thing: membership subscription (still only £15) is now due.

Please see the 'call for entries' form for this year's autumn exhibition which is to be held at the Artframe Solution gallery in Cattedown.  If you haven't yet visited this gallery, it is in the same building (on the 1st floor) as Plymouth Auction Rooms which is opposite the old MFI shop at Faraday Mill. As well as a gallery there is a studio which we have already made use of on Saturday 1st October and plan to use again on 19th November, and a professional picture framing facility. 
Although the hand-in date is on Friday 28th October, works can be handed-in up to 10 days before if this is more convenient to you. Please check out the galleries website (
www.artframesolution.co.uk) which provides more details about the business and includes a map to help you locate it. 

On Saturday 1st October we have the first Life Drawing session at the ArtFrame Solutions Gallery starting at 2:00pm. They now have some easels available, also a few desks and some chairs. It should be an interesting event and we have one of our favourite models Jane to pose for us.  If you are not sure where ArtFrame Solution Gallery is then please check out their website at http://www.artframesolution.co.uk/ which has a location plan.

This year our autumn exhibition (hand in on 28th October and exhibition ending on 12th November) will be held at the Artframe Solutions Gallery at Faraday Mill.  This is a commercial gallery offering much better access and promotion than we were able to achieve last time at Swarthmore. We are confident that sales of work will be greatly improved.  The gallery owner has been very helpful in clearing her diary to make the space available, and in offering attractive terms on costs.  Due to this being a commercial gallery THERE WILL BE NO NEED FOR STEWARDING.  In order to meet the gallery’s hanging guidelines the exhibition will be limited to approx 50 works, and our rules on framing and presentation will be carefully followed. The gallery is offering a 10% discount to those choosing to get framing done there.  We are keen to make the exhibition as attractive and successful as possible. There will be a special effort on publicity and we’d like to make the opening party really exciting.  Please get busy producing and framing your best work, and enter as much as you  can.  Make a date in your diary for the grand opening party and bring your friends.  Look out for the call for entries and SUCCESS TO YOUR EFFORTS!

The new Autumn programme has been released. As you can see most of the events are on the regular Tuesday evenings, but we have included a couple of Saturday life drawing sessions at a new venue The Artframe Gallery just to see if these are popular. Look forward to seeing you all at the start of the new season on 13 September.

The programme has been updated, so check out the changes.  On the 21st June we have our critique/social evening. On these evening we ask you to bring along your portfolios for general discussion and feedback.  There will also be a short ‘arty’ quiz with a prize, plus some drink and nibbles.  This year the club has done well financially so the evening will be FREE.

A big thank you to Yvette for bringing along the subject of this week’s still life in the form of her violin and some flowers beautifully arranged on a vintage foot stool.  It was a very challenging subject.  Well done Yvette and we will certainly ask you again to provide a still life subject in due course. 
Next Saturday we have Louise Courtnell who many of you will already know from previous visits. She lives and works on the Rame Peninsular and produces work in a very original and varied style.  

Saturday's "Textile Art" workshop went really well with loads of creative results being produced by our members.  Non of us had ever done anything like it before, but Meg was a very inspirational tutor and soon had us painting and sewing away like crazy. Soon there was a real buzz in the studio and some of the results such as Lorraine’s dandy-lion clock  were amazing. Just shows what you can do when you get out of your comfort zone!
On Saturday's the front door to Swarthmore cannot be left opened once the session has started.  So please try and arrive early to avoid being locked out.  To comply with Health & Safety requirements we have to have everyone’s name, so please be sure to sign-in on arrival.
Remember this Tuesday we have a Still-life session and Yvette is bringing along the subject. I have no idea what, but a violin was mentioned which always offers great possibilities.

Here is you new updated programme, so please destroy the old one as there are significant differences.  The dates of the Exhibition have had to be changed to fit in with other users at Swarthmore.  Thus the exhibition has been brought forward by one week so that the new Hand-in date is now 30th April.
We have also put in a Critique/Social evening on the 21st June.  For new members on these evenings we ask you to bring along your portfolio of work, no matter how modest, and in a relaxed and friendly way to give, and receive, feedback from other members. These evenings have been very popular in the past and its worth coming along just to get the free drinks and nibbles, plus there is an ‘arty’ quiz with an  ‘amazing’ prize.
Also, as life-drawing seems to be the most popular activity, we have included a couple of extra sessions in the new programme.  Mike is now organising the Saturdays and I am still running the Tuesdays. We have tried to integrate them into an interesting and varied programme but we are always pleased to receives feedback and comments from you for future reference.

Just to let you all know we had another very good evening at the club on Tuesday night, with 14 members present for the Life Drawing group.  Rachel modelled for us and as the work has been getting a bit ‘samey’ recently we didn’t use the chaise longue but sat her on a table to give a different pose and perspective.  Also being central in the room meant that we could paint her from all angles, and it was very interesting to walk around at the end and see so many very different interpretations.  All the work was exceptionally varied and of a very high standard.  Ruth who has been working away on her pencil technique for some time seems to have really cracked it now and turned in a couple of lovely sketches, whilst Mike’s acrylic, although not finished, was coming on very well.  It will be interesting to see some of the finished work when we have the next critique evening.

A couple of up coming sessions have been changed.  Saturday 2nd April will now be a Louise Courtnell Workshop on Tonal Portraits.  Saturday 16th April will now be a Life Model with Helen modelling for us.  Please see the updated programme for more information.

Last night Daphne gave us a terrific workshop on pastels, even providing boards, and crayons so we really got the feel of it, and it was very well attended with 15 members present.  Many of us struggled but some seemed to produce very respectable results and in no time at all.  Notable amongst them was Trena’s picture displaying once again her subtlety and aesthetic intuition in almost any medium.
Our next meeting by the way is Saturday 5th March when Cyndi will be the model for a life drawing session.

What a super portrait session we had on Tuesday with scintillating Cyndi shimmying around in her tiger skin dress. It was quite a challenging subject but the piece-de-resistance I think most agreed, came from Evelyn Whyte, quietly working away in the corner of the studio, where she produced a beautifully nuanced charcoal interpretation.
And just a reminder the next meeting is Saturday 19th Feb when we have Rachel modelling for our afternoon life-drawing session.

We had a really good painting session last night with a still life based on house plants. Next meeting is Saturday 5th February.  Unfortunately Linda Stevens is not available, but instead we will have a Michael Hill workshop where he will be using acrylics. 

Just a note to remind you that we have a meeting tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 22nd January, for portraiture, and Dan has kindly arranged a model in ‘period dress’ which should be very interesting. 
On Tuesday evening (25th Jan.) it’s still life, and John have quite a challenging subject all for you. 
Hope to see as many as possible there at both meetings.

Well after all the festivities I am sure you are all looking forward to getting back to some serious painting and drawing, and this is a reminder that we start our new programme this Tuesday at 7.00pm Swarthmore, with a life drawing session and Dominique will be modelling for us.
Best wishes to all for the New Year and looking forward to seeing as many as possible there on Tuesday.
Just a reminder that next week it is the last week of this term, and we have the crit/social event.  For this we ask you to bring along some of you work to share with other members of the group for feedback, advice, constructive crit. etc.  There will also be a short quiz with a prize for the winner, and drinks and nibbles are provided throughout.

Please bring the following items David Muddiman's Experimental Watercolour Textures workshop this Tuesday:
  • Watercolour paints (acrylic paint could be used instead if necessary)
  • Watercolour paper
  • Watercolour Brushes
  • White Gouache or white acrylic ink
Material for texturising (bring at least some of the following): 
  • Indian Ink 
  • Nib Pen 
  • Clingfilm 
  • White tissue paper 
  • Table salt 
  • Stiff bristle brush 
  • Kitchen roll 
  • Piece of stiff card (for scraping) or palette knife 
  • Corrugated cardboard (corrugation exposed)

Please note the David Muddiman's 30th November workshop will be a watercolour workshop and not acrylics as stated previously on the programme, and will focus on the various effects that are possible with watercolour using materials such as salt, Clingfilm, corrugated paper etc. 
Finally as we approach the end of the season please bear in mind our ‘social’ evening on the 14th December. All we ask you to do is to bring along some of your pictures for discussion and there will also be a short ‘arty’ quizz that Gillian Thomas is kindly preparing for us, plus free drinks and nibbles!

What a super workshop we had last Tuesday when Monica demonstrated how she uses watercolour in a loose and free way and then brings it all together with a few details to add definition. Monica also showed how to explore the effects you can achieve with the medium, and most important, knowing when to stop, so it still looks fresh and 'unfinished' and doesn't turn to mud! 
The programme has been updated and now has an extra week tagged on at the end for our 'End of the Year' social event. It will be in the form of an informal evening when we ask you to bring along some of your work to show other members, there will be a short 'Arty Quiz' and drinks and nibbles will be provided. We are only doing this once this year, so please put in the diary now, and do feel free to bring along a friend, or two. 
And finally, don't forget this Tuesday, 26th October, when we have Maria modeling for our life-drawing session, and I am sure many of us will be trying to put into action some of the things we learnt last week.

We had a very good Portraiture session last Tuesday with Michelle back modeling for us again. There were 9 members present working in oils, acrylic, charcoal and of course watercolours.
Don't forget this Saturday it is collection time for your unsold work from the exhibition between 12:00 and 13:00 with AGM being held right after, and next Tuesday evening Monica Eliot will leading a workshop to show us how she uses watercolor to obtain such inspiring effects.

If you haven't been to our Autumn Exhibition its well worth a visit.  There is a huge range of subjects and techniques in the works submitted by our members.  Beryl Underwood was the winner of the Claude Kitto prize.
Just a reminder that next years subscription, now £15, is due.  John Washbrook (treasurer) will be pleased to receive it either by post or at the next meeting or the AGM on the 16th October.
Hope to see you all soon at our Tuesday and/or Saturday meetings.

Just a reminder that Saturday 2nd October is the handing in day for the autumn exhibition.  We shall be receiving pictures from 10:00 to 12:00. Then hanging them and preparing the catalogue so that the exhibition is all ready for the Opening Reception at 3:00pm. (Any help with the hanging will be appreciated, and there will be free tea and sandwiches). All the pictures will be entered in the 'Best in Show' competition which this time is judged by David Muddiman who won at the last exhibition in the spring. Its well worth entering just for this - you may actually win this time! 
We hope to see as many as possible at the Opening Reception, where there will be drinks and nibbles, and the winner will be presented with a £20 Service Point Arts Materials voucher. Good luck.

Well we got off to a good start with the first 'autumn term' meeting last Saturday, with Jane modelling for us and Frances Thomas directing. It started with Jane dancing and then freezing in different short poses. You had to work very fast, so it was a great exercise in loosening us up after the summer break.  We then  had a long pose.  Fances's invaluable help and comments and her choice of music made for a very interesting and challenging Saturday afternoon session.
Unfortunately we shall be loosing our regular model Jane for a while as she is going into hospital for an operation. I have sent her the best wishes from the club and hope to see her back before too long.
Our Tuesday night sessions start again on the 28th September with Life Drawing and Rachel modelling for us.   The following week we have David Rays 'Nautical paraphernalia' which was a very good subject when he brought it in last year, and on the 19th October Monica is going to demonstrate how she goes about making those wonderful watercolour paintings that she seems to produce so easily. 
Finally just a note to say that Swarthmore lease has been taken by the Tellus Group but they are very keen for us to keep on using the studio as normal.
That's it for now, but don't forget Saturday 18th September when Avril has arranged a model for the portraiture session.


13th July 'Show of Work' evening contained a lot of very interesting and well executed works - each artist explaining what stimulated them and how they achieved the end results.  In addition, Daphne presented a very challenging Quiz and John provided an excellent selection of drinks and nibbles which made the evening an extremely enjoyable event for all. 
An exciting outcome of last night's meeting is the planning of more Tuesday evening 'Member-Led Workshops' (one each month) enabling members to have a stab at something different. Current plans are for workshops in pastels, mixed-media/collage, portraits in loose watercolour etc so look out for this in the next programme. 
During August we have our outdoor sessions to look forward to - let's hope the weather is nice for them.

At last Tuesday's portraiture session we saw a good range of styles and techniques being used by our members.  Dominique made an excellent model due to her very clearly defined features that were a pleasure to draw, and she also kept very still which helped.
Next week is the end of year get together. Please bring along some of your work for discussion, and there will be an 'arty' quizz from Daphne and a few drinks and nibbles.

We had another good club evening in the studio last night with Jane modelling for our life drawing session. Just a reminder that this Saturday at 2.00pm we have another life drawing session, and next Tuesday 'Dominique' will be sitting for our portraiture group.
Please don't forget 13th July is the final session of our Tuesday group for this term and is a 'show of work' session. We usually do this in the form of a 'salon' i.e. we ask you bring along a stack of your work, paintings drawings sketches photographs, anything, so the group can move around the room looking through all it all. In addition we ask you to enter one picture for the open discussion group. There will be free drinks and nibbles and also Daphne is preparing an 'Arty Quizz' for us. Its usually a very good evening and an opportunity to get some feedback on your work, to network, and also to pick up some good ideas and inspiration.


Plymouth Arts Club has had to re-arrange some of the evenings sessions to suit our model's requirements. Please see the amended programme.

On Tuesday was the musical still life session, kindly provided by David Muddyman. There were some excellent pictures in progress last night, and hopefully on the 13th July when we have our 'Salon' or Show of Work we shall see some of the finished versions.  To see one of the pictures produced during the evening, please see the
members' artwork section.  Also located there are pictures for those who didn't finish their paintings.
Very Important Programme Update: As you know our model Rachel was unable to make it for the Life Drawing session on the 18th May so we have re-booked her for the 15th June in place of the the advertised Still Life session.
Don't forget we have a week off next week then on Tuesday 8th June Lorna, who has a very interesting face, will be posing for our Portraiture Session.

On Saturday it was Mark Gibbons watercolour workshop.  Starting from scratch, Mark showed us how he lightly maps out the main areas in pencil, then prepares his washes, which went on quick and fast.  The first wash was all the light tones.  After this was dry, the mid tones we applied, and finally he touched in the dark areas that made the picture come to life. It looked so easy when he did it!  At the end he had a beautiful classic watercolour of Salcombe harbour. There were some really good learning points, plus it was a very inspirational demo.
Just a reminder that this Tuesday Rachel will be modelling for our life drawing session, so look forward to seeing you all there.

On Tuesday we had our first 'Member led Workshop' with Mike giving us a demonstration of his acrylic technique. It was a very good evening and although we all attempted the same subject, the results were so different. To see one of the pictures produced during the evening, please see the
members' artwork section.
Don't forget this Saturday we have Mark Gibbons giving us a Demo/workshop on 'Coastal scenes in Watercolour'.  Please remember its a 3 hour workshop.  We start to 1:00pm.
Tuesday 18th May we have 'Rachel' the model back again for a life drawing and painting session 7:00pm - 9:00pm.  Hope to see you all there for these interesting events.

For those of you intending to have a go at acrylics next Tuesday evening, Mike will be bringing along a painting that he made of a Power Station at dusk, which he based on a tiny photo found in a magazine. He intends to demonstrate how to combine a watercolour wash technique and impasto, to create the dramatic effect that is in the original photograph. You might like to bring along a piece of mount board or thick white card/paper to paint on. We looking forward to seeing you there.

We did it again! Once again we mounted a super display of over 80 pictures at our Spring Exhibition. What an industrious and hard working group we are, and still thriving nearly 150 years since the club was started.
David Muddyman's picture of a forest scene was judged the Best-in-Show and David received the Claude Kitto prize of a £20 Voucher for use at Service Point.
Our Summer term got off to a good start with 10 members present. One of our favourite models 'Jane' provided a wonderful and inspiring subject, even if it was a rather excruciating pose for her to hold for so long.
Don't forget to get along tomorrow when Carolyn will be providing a still life subject and the following week when Cyndi will be modelling for a portraiture session.

Just a reminder that handing in day for the Spring Exhibition on 17th April is getting near and you should all have all downloaded the Call For Entries with the full details that Mike sent out in March.  Alternatively see
exhibition page for download.
Handing in is between 10:00 and 12:00, but please come back at 2:30 for the private view of the exhibition and awarding of the Kitto prize (£20 Arts Materials Voucher) to the artist whose picture is judged Best-In-Show - it just may be you.
This year we are a bit short on the picture hanging team so would anyone who can assist between 12:00 and 2:30 please
contact John Washbrooke. Helpers receive free sandwiches and a cup of tea for their efforts.....what more could you ask for!
The following Tuesday (20th April) is the first night of the TUESDAY GROUP and we have 'Jane' modelling for our Life Drawing session and hope to see a good turnout for the start of the new term.
The latest update of the Tuesday programme  can now be seen with more details of each event on the
club's programme.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the 17th.

Just a few pictures of everyone hard at work at last Saturday's life drawing session with a lovely portrait by Trena in chalk and charcoal and a very interesting pastel from Andrea. A good session with 15 members and Cyndi modelling for us.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 23rd March with some of your work for the end of term crit/discussion session and Mike's quiz. Better start studying up on your Art History!
Have a look at the
programme and see what there is for you - it's not easy to suit all tastes but Avril has negotiated three Saturday workshops, John has planned the Tuesday evening sessions (in which there is a lot of flexibility and if you join in you can ask for whatever you want to be put into that part of the programme) and Mike has selected four locations for outdoor painting.

We had a very enjoyable evening last night with Sarah modelling for our Portraiture session. See
members' artwork section for some of the artwork which was produced on the evening.
Next week is the last session of the term so please come along for our 'show of work evening'. Just bring some of your pictures, framed or not, and any portfolios, sketch books, etc. you may have to hand for some friendly and supportive feedback from the group. There will also be an 'arty quiz's which Mike is preparing with a small prize, and some drinks and nibbles ( any contributions welcome!)
A note for you diary, I see that the hand in day for the exhibition is just a month away on the 17th April. For the benefit of our new members can I say that the two exhibitions we hold each year are the highlights of our calendar. Not only do you get to see your work in the context of the club as a whole, but also you may sell something! There is also a competition for the 'Best In Show' with a valuable art-materials voucher as a prize. The winner of this is announced at the Opening Reception and Private View which is held from 3.00pm to 4.00pm on the same day with, again, a few drinks and nibbles.
In the members' artwork section you can see a few pictures of 9th March nautical still life presented by David Ray which provided an interesting subject.  Most of us fell into the trap of trying to depict too much in one painting. Nevermind, Peter has promised to bring it back again sometime next term when we hope to be more restrained.
Tomorrow we have a Portraiture session with Sarah modelling for us, and the following week, is the last of the term, and we have a 'Crit' session or perhaps at should be more truely described as a 'review of work'. Please bring along lots of your pictures and set them out so we can all view them. We then ask each artist to put one picture up on the easel for group discussion. Its very valuable to review your portfolio in this way so please don't be shy, we all found it very valuable encouraging last term. Oh and just to tempt you along there will be some nibbles and drinks available, and Mr Battley is preparing another Arty Quizz for us.

Next Tuesday we shall be getting all 'ship-shape' as David Ray has very kindly volunteered to produce a Still Life subject for us with a Nautical Flavour.  Actually we could use some help with planning the still life subjects for next term as the committee are fast running out of teapots and flower vases. If you have any ideas, perhaps an old violin and some music, or anything really that you have tucked away that might make an interesting subject
please let us know so we can book it in.
Don't forget this Saturday when Michael Hill will be giving us another of his valuable workshops starting at 1.00pm.

Please note that the next Plymouth Arts Club Saturday meeting is on March 6th and is a 3 hour demo/workshop starting at 13:00. The subject is loose watercolour landscape by Michael Hill, and some of the colours he will probably be using are as follows: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Orange, Cerulean Blue and Cadmium Yellow Light.

Don't forget we are back again tomorrow (Tuesday) and Mike will be providing us with a Still Life subject, or of course you can work from your own sources.

The programme dates for April - July have been added.  Please see the
programme for the new dates.

It seems that one of the programmes that was sent out following the addition of Tuesday evenings had changed next Saturday's 'Clothed Model' to 'Nude Model'!! 
See correct programme. We apologies for any inconvenience. By the way, we are looking for interesting 'Portrait' models so if you know anyone that could be a good candidate (characteristic features, maybe a bushy beard - you know, somebody that you would like to paint) please let us know.

Just a note to say we had a brilliant day on Saturday at the Shari Hills workshop, with a very good attendance. Although the basic subject was the same, a simple tree trunk, using using wet-in-wet watercolour and montage techniques it was amazing to see how differently the 16 interpretations turned out to be. Lots of fun, plenty to learn, and a great buzz around the room made this a really good workshop.  Don't forget this weeks Tuesday Group portraiture session. We have booked Jane, who many of you will know, to model for us again and hope to see another really good turn out there.

Saturday 6th February is Shari Hills's watercolour and mixed media workshop.  The workshop starts at the earlier time of 1pm, and will last for 3 hours.  The suggested colours to bring are: a couple of blues and yellows, burnt sienna and a violet. 

Tonight we had an enjoyable Life Drawing session with the beautiful model 'Cyndi'.  She will be our model again for the Life Drawing session on Saturday 20th March.  Hope to see you all there.

In the end 5 of us made to the Tuesday Group last night. Unfortunately the model booked 'Michelle' didn't due to the weather and toothache, however we had a really good evening with members posing for 20 minutes each. A short portrait like this certainly sharpens up your drawing skills as you just have to work fast, so it was a very valuable evening even if no masterpieces were created.  Don't forget this Saturday its a Life Drawing session at 2.00pm. Also Tuesday 19th  Carolyn  is providing a Still life subject, and 'Cyndi' is modelling for you on the 26th January.

Tuesday 12th January we have a portraiture session with the lovely Michele booked to model for us once again. However for those on the Plymouth Arts Club's mailing list, please check your emails before you leave home just in case the weather is too bad and we have to cancel at short notice. If you are interested in joining the Plymouth Arts Club's mailing list please send an email to
plymouthartsclub@yahoo.co.uk with the subject line "Join Mailing List".

Club programme has been updated to include new dates for the Tuesday evening sessions after Christmas.

The Plymouth Arts Club is now running weekly evening sessions on Tuesdays as well as its usual afternoon sessions on Saturdays.  For more information please see the revised
club information and club programme.